Just arrived back from a very relaxing 2 week stay at this hotel; myself and partner and three teenagers. We liked the low level spread out nature of the grounds; nothing over 3 storeys and although the out-lying grounds are basically dry sand with gardens along the paths, it's what you'd expect in such a dry climate. Everything was kept clean and tidy, inside and out. Cleaners and maintenance team seemed busy all the time. The main reception and bar areas were all well appointed, pleasant and cool.
We stayed in two rooms in one of the outlying menzel blocks (T) about 5 minutes walk away from the main entrance and 10 minutes walk from the main pool and beach areas. Our teenage son was in the same room as us, which was a bit of a disappointment as I had understood from previous reports that the menzel units were on two levels with separate rooms. maybe some of the other blocks are? Rooms were basic and a little tired but clean and perfectly adequate and everything worked. The beds were clean and comfortable but the linen wasn't changed during our stay; this was in contrast to the fresh towels we got every day. Airconditioning worked well, which was important as the temperature was in the mid thirties. The over bath shower was a bit weak and the pressure dropped a bit at teatime when demand was high. On the whole we were very satisfied with the room.
We thought the food was lovely and plentiful. There were different dishes every lunch and dinner as well as regular staples such as rice and pasta. Hot meat / fish and vegetable section, lots of salad variations, tunisian specialities and beautiful desserts, ice cream and fruit. There was usually someone cooking something fresh as well; deep fried mashed potato(sounds weird but was lovely) BBQ fish and meats and seafood as well as pizzas. Saying that there was always a queue for the chips?? At breakfast again a wide choice; cereals, yogurts, continental style meats and cheese, salads, boiled and scrambled eggs, hot meats and vegetables, pancakes, the deep fried doughy fritters were very popular and the omeletes were delicious. Freshly squeezed orange juice cost an extra 2 dinars (40p) a glass but was well worth it.
Drinks were Ok, beer a bit weak and some of the wine a bit rough around the edges. Water always available. Strong cocktails and some unusual tastes but what's the point of going somewhere different if you're not going to embrace new experiences?
The waiters were very friendly and obliging - more so once you had given them a tip. this doesn't bother us; you don't need to give them especially big tips and it's just the culture. Also making an effort with the language we find always helps, we do find us brits particularly bad at that; a little bit of 'get-by' french goes a long way. The only staff who weren't very helpful or friendly were the reception staff!
The pool areas were all clean well maintained on the whole, plenty of sunbeds with comfy cushions but you had to get up early (7ish) to bag the best spots. We found the front tier of the round pool area next to the beach very peaceful and relaxing as the activities tended to be kept around the central areas. We were never mithered to join in, which suited us well. There were people selling the extra paid-for activities around the pool, some of which we did, but on the whole you were left alone.
This is not the place to come if you are looking for a perfect beach and sea. It was quite a narrow strip and not very comfortable to walk on due to the stones and some rocks. the sea did have patches of weed and some of this was evident on the beach but we didn't think it smelt offensive and we only saw the tractors clearing it away a couple of times. We enjoyed swimming and snorkelling from the beach and off one of the jettys. For us these slight negatives didn't spoil the appeal of the place , at all, though. It was still lovely lying on a lounger looking out over the sea. The sea was quite busy with jet skis and the banana/ fly boat going up and down and the parascending boat in the late afternoon but the place never felt uncomfortably busy though - not crammed with people at all.
The entertainment team obviously worked very hard - mini disco and dancing most evening and some form of cabaret or other entertainment every night. we didn't watch much of it and found it peaceful and cool in the main bar playing cards and pool and chatting. The Sunset bar at the Aquacentre end of the resort is also a haven of peace in the evening but you do have to pay for your drinks down there. We saw several shooting stars there.
We did the activities included in the all inclusive; pedaloes and kayaking (you need to get a ticket EACH from reception before you head down there, though) we also went jetski-ing a couple of times (£12 for 2 or single £16 for 10 mins. We had a brilliant time quad biking (£10 each for 2 up or single £16) for an hour and a halfs trip (good way to see the surrounding area) We went out on the catamaran - brilliant getting very wet bouncing over the waves looking for dolphins (didn't see any) and swimming in the open sea. Take a big hat and plenty of sun block - very hot by the time you get back at midday and no shade. We also really enjoyed the horse / camel ride across the lagoon (£10 each for a 2 hour trip) although half an hour of this is just spent hanging around on the beach, which we didn't mind. We thought all the activities were very reasonable.
We also went on the Sunset cruise - bus ride to the Pirate Boat - worst chips I have ever seen/ tasted so didn't chance the prawns and you have to pay for the drinks on the boat. Drop you of on the spit of land they call Flamingo island - time to explore and then you're given a basic meal - music and dancing and a bit of 'entertainment' then you're driven back in landcruisers over the sandy tracks in the dark - very exciting we all loved this bit.
We also went on the two day oasis safari - good value for money but a very long drive (6 hours) which the rep Rachid wouldn't tell us about before we booked it. Saying that we really enjoyed the experience and probably wouldn't have gone if he had told us!? It was a really interesting trip.
So on the whole we've had a great holiday and would return but probably not in the heat of the summer and not at Ramadan next time!
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